Combining STEM and Sports

For the first time, a combined Sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program will be offered to challenged boys and girls in the East Bay. 

An innovative program co-sponsored by the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department (ARPD) and BallPoppers will invite up to 100 fifth to seventh graders to attend a five Saturday basketball and STEM series. Full and partial scholarships will be offered to qualified youth.

“We see this as a first step for ARPD in offering a unique sports and STEM program to the youth from our surrounding communities,” said Dennis McDaniels, Recreation Services Specialist for ARPD.

The series will offer basketball training with a unique twist. Guest speakers include: Leone Patterson, Basketball Olympian; Dr. David Chang, Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center; Robin Mansukhani of Alzeca BioSciences and others from The Golden State Warriors and University of California Berkeley’s Athletic Department. 

Speakers will discuss the importance of sports participation and careers related to the sports and technology fields.

“There is a huge emphasis on STEM training to produce students who can contribute to the United States’ leadership in Technology. It is critical that we educate and inspire our next generation of multicultural leaders to take their place in our global economy” says Mable Yee, founder of BallPoppers.

ARPD has partnered with numerous community organizations to provide youth attendees, including: the Oakland Housing Authority, Girls Inc., Alameda Police Department, Berkeley’s King Visionaries Program and Alameda Unified School District.

For more information, visit: http://alamedaca.gov/recreation/ballpoppers or www.ballpoppers.com.

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